MGN ImageWARREN – Officials in Warren County, Pennsylvania are investigating the false reporting of a COVID-19 related death and a new case in their county.In a statement Tuesday afternoon, officials said data issued earlier in the day that the county saw its first Coronavirus related death is factually inaccurate.“The Coroner has not listed any fatality related to COVID-19 nor has the hospital had an additional positive test,” said officials in the statement. “The County Government believes this information was provided in error and would urge the community to remain calm as this is investigated.”“The County Government’s priority is the safety and wellbeing of its citizenry and works to provide data that’s been verified locally,” officials furthered. “Thank you for your patience as we get through this time as a community.” Earlier in the day the Warren General Hospital reported one new positive case of the virus and one new death.So far in Warren County, a total of 178 testing samples have been collected with 110 negative results.“All of these tests were collected in the Emergency Room or inpatient units,” said officials. “The remainder of tests were ordered by private non physicians with results being sent directly to them.”The first, and as of now only, positive test was back in March, officials said. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),At least one county in the United States is being honest, there is hope for humanity in this country. Thank you for being honest!
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MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson’s budget presentation last week saw no requests for additional attorneys in his office for 2021.Swanson told WNYNewsNow during a recent interview that he wasn’t seeking new attorneys, unlike in the past, due to fiscal challenges that the County, itself, was going to face because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The prosecutor doubled down on his comments when addressing members of the Chautauqua County Legislature.“Obviously, we face significant challenges this year. We were asked to cut some of our budget for 2020. We made an effort to do that,” Swanson said. “I think, if you take a look at where we are on the year, we’ve done as good as we had hoped we could do considering the circumstances.”“You all know that, year after year, I come here seeking more personnel,” he added. “I think it was abundantly clear this year that it just wasn’t a possibility. While I’d love new attorneys and an increase in staff to handle the caseload we have, I understand the reality of the circumstances that we face today.” Swanson says that his office has no open positions. He explains that he wanted to provide clarity as he’s asking for an increase of $121,000 in his personnel services, which he attributes to an increase in various raises and a “no turnover” savings.Additionally, Swanson says that his office is seeking more funds to cover the cost of insurance for his office. Overall, the department head says $164,000 of the $197,000 budget increase he’s requesting is due to costs “outside of” his control.Swanson says $9,000 would be allocated towards IT costs, allowing his attorneys to utilize various technology to help with their caseload.Chautauqua County Legislator Terry Niebel asked Swanson if there’d be any effect on the 2021 budget because of Judge David Foley’s recent dismissal of a murder indictment against Jamestown man Julio Montanez.Swanson says the 2021 DA’s budget won’t be affected at all as the case was likely going to start next year anyways. He says that the 2020 budget would only be affected if officers needed to be called in to testify, which he says that’s only if his office chooses to re-present to the grand jury.If his office chooses to appeal the ruling, Swanson states the costs would be the time an attorney spent on the appeal. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) MGN ImageALBANY – The first confirmed case of COVID-19’s ‘U.K. Strain’ has been identified in New York State.Governor Andrew Cuomo made the announcement during a conference call with the media on Monday afternoon.He says the Wadsworth lab confirmed the case of the United Kingdom’s COVID-19 variant.“Wadsworth lab confirmed a case of the U.K. strain in Saratoga County, New York,” Gov. Cuomo said. “He’s a man in his 60s who had some symptoms. He did not travel recently so evidence suggests it’s in the community.” The governor says this strain is 70% more contagious than the original COVID-19 strain and he said contact tracing is paramount to keep the spread of the strain under control.Wadsworth Laboratory, based in Albany, began research into a new strain of COVID-19, which was first spotted in the United Kingdom, in late December.“I think this strain is more prevalent than people know,” Gov. Cuomo said.New York State Public Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker says this strain is more transmissible, but there’s no evidence yet that it isn’t affected by vaccines, or that it is more dangerous for people who are infected.Governor Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update from the Red Room at the State Capitol. (Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)It was the second update of the day from the governor, following a Monday morning briefing where he provided new statewide numbers regarding the pandemic and declared the Finger Lakes region is the state’s “greatest problem” at present.
Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 4, 2016 Keala Settle The cast also features Caissie Levy as Fantine, Nikki M. James as Eponine, Andy Mientus as Marius, Samantha Hill as Cosette, Kyle Scatliffe as Enjolras, along with Cliff Saunders and Keala Settle as the villainous Thenardiers. Les Miserables Will Swenson Star Files Ramin Karimloo View Comments Les Miserables originally opened at London’s Barbican Theatre in 1985. The Broadway production premiered at the Broadway Theatre on March 12, 1987, before transferring to the Imperial Theatre in 1990, where it ran for 6,680 performances. The first Broadway revival opened on November 9, 2006, and ran through January 6, 2008. The show remains the fourth longest-running Broadway show of all time. Related Shows It’s time to hear the people sing! Preview performances of the new Broadway revival of Les Miserables will begin March 1. Directed by James Powell and Laurence Connor and starring Ramin Karimloo as Jean Valjean and Will Swenson as Javert, the newly imagined production will officially open March 21 at the Imperial Theatre. Nikki M. James Andy Mientus Les Miserables is written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg and is based on the 1862 novel by Victor Hugo. It has music by Schonberg, lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer and original French text by Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel, original adaptation by Trevor Nunn and John Caird and additional material by James Fenton. Caissie Levy View All (6)
UNDERDOGS (By Gross) 5. Act One ($340,604) **** 4. Violet ($283,182) *** 3. Casa Valentina ($212,097) * 2. Mothers and Sons ($187,192) 1. The Velocity of Autumn ($94,400) ** FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity) 1. The Book of Mormon (102.63%) 2. Mamma Mia! (101.54%) 3. Hedwig and the Angry Inch (100.95%) ** 4. Newsies (100.85%) 5. Matilda (100.75%) UNDERDOGS (By Capacity) 5. A Gentleman’ Guide to Love and Murder (85.46%) 4. The Velocity of Autumn (75.49%) ** 3. Act One (73.15%) 2. The Bridges of Madison County (64.32%) 1. Mothers and Sons (52.29%) *Number based on 8 preview performances **Number based on 7 preview performances ***Number based on 7 preview performances and 1 regular performance ****Number based on 3 preview performances and 5 regular performances Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending April 20: Broadway loves an underdog! The knockout hit Rocky made its million dollar debut this past week, bringing in $1,022,747. Your family spends Easter weekend at the boxing ring too, right? But the Italian Stallion was not the only one to join the millionaire’s club for the first time. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical and All The Way grossed $1,027,244 and $1,067,173, respectively. Meanwhile, Matilda reunited with box office favorites Wicked, The Lion King, Kinky Boots and The Book of Mormon in the top five grossing shows, and Newsies and Mamma Mia! enjoyed a sell-out week for the first and second time this year, respectively. FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross) 1. Wicked ($2,760,554) 2. The Lion King ($2,543,377) 3. The Book of Mormon ($1,689,905) 4. Kinky Boots ($1,629,283) 5. Matilda ($1,577,093) View Comments
Bob Marley Musical Finds Its Star Mitchell Brunings will play Bob Marley in the world premiere of Marley, the first original tuner based on both the life and music of the icon. Written and directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, the production will play May 6 through June 14 at Center Stage in Baltimore. Sounds like this show will “Stir It Up!” Julie Andrews Wants to be Spanked When you contemplate Julie Andrews, do you always envision her as a nun or practically perfect nanny? The hilarious clip below may change your way of thinking—the Oscar winner and three-time Tony nominee ends up demanding a spanking in Kelly Ripa’s Fifty Shades of Grey red room of pain (or something!). Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Elaine Stritch Bio In The Works New York Times fashion and features writer Alexandra Jacobs has penned a biography of the late Broadway legend Elaine Stritch and according to Deadline, the book was picked up by Alex Star, the senior editor at Straus & Giroux, for an estimated quarter- to half-a million dollars. Sounds like Jacobs could now become one of those ladies who lunch! More Stage Faves Set for Chichester This summer’s Chichester Festival just got even buzzier! Niamh Cusack (The Curious Incident), Katherine Kingsley (Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Jamie Glover (All’s Well That Ends Well) and Edward Bennett (Hamlet) have been tapped for Jeremy Sams’ Chichester Festival revival of Jean Anouilh’s The Rehearsal. The savagely witty dissection of love, deception and the secret roles people really want to play will run at the Minerva Theatre May 8 through June 13, with opening night set for May 14. View Comments Bradley Cooper May Direct A Star is Born Bradley Cooper is in talks with Warner Bros. to helm A Star is Born (you can probably guess which one of the two previous remakes is our fave). Variety reports that there’s no word yet on whether the Broadway.com Audience Choice Award winner will star in the project and if Beyoncé, who was once attached, will rejoin. Cooper, who recently appeared in The Elephant Man on the Main Stem, will soon reprise his acclaimed performance in the play’s West End transfer.
View Comments After conquering the box office, big time, it’s no surprise to learn that the Barden Bellas will return for Pitch Perfect 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Universal and Gold Circle have started talks with Kay Cannon, who penned the first two movies, to write a third.Pitch Perfect 2 cost $29 million to make and has made a huge $160.9 million at the box office domestically so far, after hitting screens on May 15.No word yet on casting and whether Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson and our Broadway boys Skylar Astin and Ben Platt will return for more pitch slapping, but we’re crossing all fingers and toes!
Star Files Love Never Dies co-stars Sierra Boggess and Ramin Karimloo will reunite alongside Cheyenne Jackson and more in two concert performances of The Secret Garden in its 25th Anniversary year. Directed by Stafford Arima, the musical will play on February 21, 2016 and February 22 at Lincoln Center’s David Geffen Hall.Joining Boggess (School of Rock) as Lily, Karimloo (Les Miserables) as Archibald Craven and Jackson (Finian’s Rainbow) as Dr. Neville Craven, will be Ben Platt (Book of Mormon) as Dickon, Jere Shea (Passion) as Ben and Sydney Lucas (Fun Home) as Mary Lennox. Original Broadway cast members Daisy Eagan and Barbara Rosenblat will return to perform the roles of Martha and Mrs. Medlock, respectively.Based on the 1911 novel of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, the book and lyrics are by Marsha Norman, with music by Lucy Simon. Orphaned while living in India, 10 year-old Mary Lennox returns to Yorkshire, England to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle Archibald, whom she has never met. There, the ill-tempered and lonely Mary meets Martha, a chambermaid, who tells her of a secret garden which belonged to her aunt Lily before she died. Mary’s search for the garden introduces her to a slew of other characters including Dickon (Martha’s brother), Ben (the head gardener), Neville (her other uncle), and a spirited robin that seems to be trying to talk to her. View Comments Sierra Boggess
Related Shows Harry Potter and the Cursed Child The Hogwarts Express could be heading to Broadway! Harry Potter and the Cursed Child ‘s producers are apparently in negotiations for a Shubert Theatre, potentially for next season. The New York Post reports that the production could land in Toronto first. Cursed Child, which runs in repertory in two parts, is currently in previews in London’s West End.Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is a new play by Thorne, directed by Tiffany. It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.The eighth story in the Harry Potter series and the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage, Cursed Child will officially open on July 30 at the West End’s Palace Theatre. It stars Jamie Parker as Harry, Noma Dumezweni as Hermione and Paul Thornley as Ron. Jamie Parker in ‘Harry Potter'(Photo: Charlie Gray) View Comments from $40.00
Related Shows GQ, Postell Pringle and JQ in the Chicago production of ‘Othello: The Remix'(Photo: Michael Brosilow) Othello: The Remix America’s Founding Fathers may be rapping on Broadway, but off-Broadway, the Bard’s spitting rhymes. GQ and JQ—the Q Brothers—will bring their hip-hop telling of Othello, titled Othello: The Remix to off-Broadway. The production, produced by John Leguizamo, will begin performances on October 25 at the Westside Theatre. Opening night is set for November 17.The Q Brothers (a.k.a. Gregory and Jeffrey Qaiyum) will also direct and star in the piece. This marks ther third adaptation of Shakespeare, following Funk It Up About Nothin and The Bomb-itty of Errors. Their additional shows include A Q Brothers Christmas Carol and Scratch and Burn.Othello: The Remix takes the writing of Shakespeare and places it over original hip-hop beats, proving the Bard was the original mater of rhythm and rhyme. In addition to GQ and JQ, the cast will feature Postell Pringle as Othello, as well as Jackson Doran and DJ Supernova.The show was originally commissioned by The Old Globe Theatre in 2012. It has since played Edinburgh, German, South Korea and Chicago, where it recently played a return engagement to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death.Get a taste of the production below! View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 15, 2017